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Muslim Family Services

Muslim Family Services

About Muslim Family Services

We work to assist and facilitate the success of families based on professional and Islamic practices

  Who We Are & What We Do   Muslim Family Services (MFS) is a division of ICNA Relief and…




MFS has licensed counselors offering services in several areas while keeping an Islamic perspective.

MFS has licensed counselors offering services in the following areas with an Islamic perspective kept at all times: Individual Counseling…

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

About Muslim Family Services

MFS provides critical assistance to help those in need as much as possible.

  MFS provides critical assistance to help those in need as much as possible:   Assistance with utility shut-offs, and…

Education & Advocacy

Education & Advocacy


MFS offer seminars, workshops, & liasion services related to a variety of topics.

MFS offers seminars and workshops in a variety of areas such as: Spousal relations and substance abuse Training of Imams…

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Asalamu alaikum friends and family,

It is with great honor that we announce the arrival of a dynamic workshop entitled "Blissful Marriage Ato Z"! Led by renowned authors Drs. Ekram and Mohammed Rida Beshir, this workshop is not one to be missed. The dynamic duo and power couple have authored an array of books pertaining to individual's, couple's and family health and success with an emphasis on Islamic guidelines.

  Learn how to build a successful marriage under the laws of Allah (swt). Join us in this interactive workshop that aims to strengthen our community by strengthening our homes. InshAllah, it will change the way you view marriage forever!


When:  Saturday February, 28th, 2015

Where:  MCWS Gymnasium: 40440 Palmer Road, Canton, MI 48188 

Time:  10:30 AM-5:00 PM (Registration begins 9:30 AM)

Cost:  $10/individual, $15/couple, $25 Family of 3+ (Includes breakfast & lunch)

**Babysitting: $10/per child, 2 or more children $20 flat rate(cash to be paid onsite)


Early Bird  Registration: All tickets can be reserved using the 'Register' link at the top of the page. Once you have reserved your ticket, please proceed to pay for your reservation through our donate now link. Simply click on the yellow donate button and proceed with your checkout.


***If you are reserving a ticket for you and your spouse, select a quantity of 2 tickets. 

***If you are reserving a ticket for your family of four, select a quantity of 4 tickets.



**Late on-site registration will also be available on the day of the event although purchasing early bird tickets is recommended in order to secure a spot. Late Registration begins at 9:30 AM.


 We pray to see you all there, inshAllah.

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Did you know that there are families still struggling from the damages of last August's flood? ICNA Relief Disaster Response team will be back in Detroit this weekend helping to clean out the basements of these homes. We need your help!

Please come out Saturday Jan. 24th & Sunday Jan. 25th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm to help out your brothers and sisters in humanity.

*Register to volunteer: http://ow.ly/HEh3i 

*You will receive a notification of the location site via text msg or email according to what you provide. JzAkhrn!


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We started off small with seven residential rooms available for displaced women when we opened in November 2013. Since our inception, we have witnessed the need for shelter increase greatly. In order to meet the needs of our community, we have begun the renovation of the top floor of our facility. Once completed, Sakinah House will be able to accommodate 18 women in their own private rooms inshAllah. Our team is very excited about the expansion of the facility and we pray that we will be able to help even more women in the future.


A room in Sakinah House being renovated


So, who exactly is eligible for residency at the Women's Transitional Home? We currently can accommodate Muslim and non-Muslim sisters alike who are either childless or do not have custody of their children. At this time, our facility cannot accommodate women with children. Women who are displaced and seeking shelter and assistance in developing a brighter future are welcome at our transitional home. Once these women have completed our application process and been approved by our board of directors, they will be admitted into our home where they can stay up to 3 consecutive months with an option to renew their stay according to level of progress.

Bi'Idhnillah (with the permission of Allah), our Women's Transitional Home will be effective and beneficial to all of our sisters in humanity. We aspire to help these women transform into more productive members of society. InshAllah, Allah (swt) will put his Rahma (mercy) and Baraka (blessings) into the success of this project.

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On Saturday October 18th, 2014, Muslim Family Services (MFS) held an interactive youth workshop for the benefit of all Metro-Detroit youth. The workshop was scheduled from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. The workshop, entitled “Stronger Youth, Greater Tomorrow”, was composed of six segments led by different speakers and professionals. Gracing the stage was none other than our very own Sheikh Ali Suleiman Ali followed by Dr. Halim Naeem, Br. Omar Malik, Br. Osama Odeh, Sr. Tahira Khalid and Sr. Jumana Abusalah. These six speakers engaged the audience about various issues plaguing the youth. Subjects like substance abuse, parent-youth relationships, romantic relationships and social diseases, good character, leadership skills development and brotherhood-sisterhood were all part of the workshops discourse. 

First up was our director Sheikh Ali Suleiman Ali who welcomed all guest and discussed the need for brotherhood and sisterhood. He reminded all in attendance that “…none of [us] truly believe until [we] want for [our] brother (or sister) what we want for ourselves”, a hadith from our beloved messenger (pbuh). This is a reminder to every one about the importance of respecting and wishing well for our brothers and sisters in humanity. Sheikh Ali made the distinction that all of humanity are our brothers and sisters saying that there are three types of brotherhoods: blood brotherhood, brotherhood of faith and brotherhood in humanity. We should wish all well and pray for the guidance of all people. If practiced widely, this mindset could change the world. Every human being can be an agent of that change for the sake of pleasing our Maker.

Following Sheikh Ali was Dr. Halim Naeem a Limited License Psychologist specializing in Substance Abuse and Youth counseling. Dr. Halim was the perfect candidate to discuss ‘why we use’ to youth. Having seen addiction first hand through his treatments with his clients, he was able to give a realistic portrayal of addiction and how it comes about. He asked the youth what drugs were and various answers spurted across the room. Some said that it was something needed to help you function while others maintained that it was something that makes you feel better. Dr. Halim stressed that drugs are things that trigger a chemical response in a person that alters their state of reality making them feel temporarily better. He mentioned that drugs and substance abuse are a cry for help from a person who is failing to deal with other real issues in their life. He ended by advising the youth to turn to Allah swt for counsel first and foremost because a sincere relationship with our Lord can protect us from falling into addiction and despair.

Dr. Halim

Br. Osama Odeh, the brothers Youth Director for MCWS in Canton, MI was up next. Br. Osama’s segment was about ‘Relationships and Social Diseases’. Being a Youth himself, Br. Osama was able to speak to the youth about the dangers of illegitimate relationships and sex outside of marriage. He started by sharing the story of Prophet Yusuf (AS). With Prophet Yusuf being an incredibly beautiful and attractive man, he faced a many trials that he overcame due to his sincere iman (faith) in Allah (swt). He faced one of the most difficult test that a young attractive man could face—that was the advances of a seductress. The gorgeous, powerful queen of their city came to his sleeping quarters and locked the door behind herself. She invited Yusuf to come to her and that she was his. With the circumstances being as they were: a beautiful woman and private quarters with just the two of them, many men may have fallen into the sin of fornication (zin’aa). Nevertheless, Allah (swt) saved Yusuf (AS) through his deep faith and taqwa (God-consciousness; balance of fear and hope in Allah (swt)). Yusuf (AS) sought refuge in Allah (swt) from the evil of what this seductress queen was inviting him to and was in the end triumphant. He also reminded all youth to be careful about the messages regarding life and relationships that we take in through media forms such as movies, music and television. Though seemingly harmless, many of these forms of media implant subconscious messages in our heart and minds. If we listen to and watch things that tell us that dating and premarital sex are ok, then we will eventually become desensitized to these acts. Br. Osama showed the youth that staying strong, even in times of severe difficulty, is the way towards a happy and beneficial future relationship. Allah (swt) wants happiness, love and blessings for us; we just have to seek these things in the right way and inshAllah, Allah (swt) will bless our relationships.

Br. Osama


Next up was Br. Omar Malik of Youth of Ummah-Hamtramck and IONA Youth. Br. Omar’s segment was on Youth Leadership. He started his segment off by having all youth write down their Strengths and goals. He then shared a story in which the shaytan led some enemies of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) further into their evil plot of killing RasulAllah. He mentioned that the goals that you set for your self will inspire you toward good leadership of bad leadership. If we set a good plan for ourselves and make every step a good one towards fulfillment of our plans, then we are more likely to be successful. The way to do this is to study the lives of successful leaders like our blessed prophet (pbuh). Emulating the best will help us become better.

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Sr. Tahira Khalid, the Head Counselor at MFS, spoke about ‘building a lasting bond and good relationship with parents’. She stated that Allah swt has blessed each and every one of us to be born to a specific set of parents. It is therefore our duty to respect, love and cherish these parents that were given to us as protectors and teachers. She acknowledged that some homes do not have parents their but stressed the importance of building a good relationship with one’s guardian as well. An open, honest and loving relationship with parents or guardians makes for more well-rounded youth. This is due to the fact that youth know that they have someone, whom they trust, that they can go to for advice when they are confused about something. Respecting and honoring ones parents is ordered in the Quran and the Sunnah. She ended encouraging youth to get to really know their parents and where they are coming from. This understanding will lead to more respect and mercy between parent and child.

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Last but not least was Sr. Jumana Abusalah, MCWS Canton’s Sisters Youth Coordinator. Jumana was speaking on the subject of Good Character and Manners. No doubt about it, good character will get any individual further in life. The way that we behave and interact with others determines how we are treated in return, our reputation with others and with Allah (swt). The Prophet (pbuh) urged us to deal with our brothers and sisters with compassion. This goes back to the reminder that Sheikh Ali gave us from our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ‘want for your brother and sister what you want for yourself’. Jumana stated the importance of following the advice of the Quran and Sunnah in regards to our dealings with people. What we give eventually comes back to us.

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Overall, this workshop was a success, Alhamdulilah. The guest enjoyed a lovely breakfast and lunch in good company in a gather intent on remembering Allah swt. If all youth and adults alike took the advice from these wonderful speakers, then inshAllah we could improve our ummah. MFS intends to hold more workshops like this in the future, inshAllah. If you are a community organizer or speaker and would like to partner with MFS on a workshop, please contact us with more details.


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